Monday, October 26, 2015

NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo is less than a week away! For those who don't know, that stands for National Novel Writing Month. I participated last year, but to be honest, I never finished the novel I was writing. The flow of my writing got interrupted by Thanksgiving, and I never got my groove back. I tried, but it didn't happen. This week, I'm reading over what I've written so that I can get back to it. 


And here's a little bit of what's been written...



At the hospital, Kit and his mother found Isaac sitting in a waiting room. He looked exhausted and depleted. “Have you eaten,” was the first thing Mrs. Smeth asked. “Has anyone had a look at you.” Isaac shook his head no in response.
She handed Kit some money and said “get him some food! I’m going to find a doctor!” She stormed off, furious that this obviously hurt boy was left to sit in a waiting room. She walked up to the nurse’s station. “Why hasn’t that boy been seen to?”
“Who? The cyclops? He just sat down there after asking about the Marks kid.”
“Can’t you see that he’s been hurt? He’s also been depleted from casting a healing spell that helped to save Mr. Marks!”
“I… I’m sorry.” The nurse didn’t waste time. She thrust a clipboard with forms at Mrs. Smeth and then walked into the waiting room. “Young man, I apologize. I didn’t know you were hurt. If you’ll come with me, someone will have a look at you.”
“His name is Isaac Allahnason. I sent my son to get him some food,” Mrs. Smeth said. “Magical depletion needs calories. I’ll fill out this form, and I assume we can come back when my son returns with the food?”
“Of course,” the nurse said, leading Isaac away to an examination room. Mrs. Smeth shook her head and muttered something not very nice as she watched them walk away. They didn’t go far, and she saw what room the nurse took Isaac to.
She filled in what she could of the forms. After a few minutes, Kit returned with some food from the cafeteria. A sandwich, an apple, and some fruit juice. That would do for now.
“Come on,” she said. “They took him to an examination room.”
They knocked and walked into the room. Isaac was sitting on an exam table, stripped to the waist. Mrs. Smeth could see bruises and a few burns on his body, as well as some blood. Kit set the food down where Isaac could reach it. 
“…my physiology isn’t any different from a regular human’s,” Isaac said. “I’m just bigger. I can provide my medical history if need be.”
The nurse nodded and began to check his heartbeat with her stethoscope. 
Mrs. Smeth put the forms down by the food. “I’ve filled out what I can of these forms, Isaac. You’ll have to do the rest.” He nodded. “Do you want one of us to stay with you?”
“Kit,” he said, and the nurse shushed him! She needed to listen for irregularities. 
“Fine,” Mrs. Smeth said. “Kit, come get me if you need me. I’ll be in the waiting room.”
Isaac nodded towards a chair in the corner, and Kit took a seat. The nurse took Isaac’s vitals before saying, “The doctor will want an x-ray to make sure nothing’s wrong internally. You need to strip down and put on one of these gowns.” She handed Isaac a cotton hospital gown, which he looked at skeptically.
He stood up and opened the gown. There is no way he could wear it. He looked at the nurse, who had been watching him. “If it’s all the same, can’t I just keep my underwear on? This isn’t going to fit me.”
“Fine,” she said. “Come with me. X-ray is across the hall. It’ll only take a few minutes and then you can come back here and wait.”
Kit waited for more than a few minutes, and finally Isaac walked back into the exam room. “They had to keep adjusting the x-ray machine,” Isaac said, smiling. He was amused at these nurses and technicians who thought that his being tall and muscular was somehow unusual. The x-ray tech was even rude enough to ask about his age, and then if he should have so much body hair at that age.
“What’s so funny,” Kit asked.
“Those people,” Isaac replied. “No manners. They said whatever came into their heads.”
“They didn’t treat you badly,” Kit said, his hackles rising.
“No. They were kind,” Isaac said. “But some of their comments about my person were not what you say to a stranger. They realized it and apologized.” After the x-ray tech had made his comment, he had turned a deep shade of red and said sorry. 
“Okay,” Kit said, settling down. Kit liked the older boy a lot, and did not want anyone treating his friend badly. And he had a good idea what would happen if his mother found out that Isaac was being poorly treated. As it was, she was ready to spit nails at any and all of the bullies from earlier. 
Isaac ate while they waited. They waited a while. And then a while longer. Finally the doctor came in, holding an x-ray photo. “Well, young man, it looks like you’re going to be okay. You mostly have bruises, which will heal. We have a shaman who is going to come in and look at those burns. Those seem magical, but not serious. He should be able to Heal them quickly.”
As if on cue, a Shaman walked into the room. Kit didn’t know what he was expecting, but he wasn’t expecting an ordinary man in hospital scrubs. The shaman didn’t say anything. He just walked over to Isaac and examined the burns while the doctor looked on. A few mutterings and gestures, and green light played over Isaac’s body, taking the burns away. Satisfied, the shaman nodded, and walked out of the room.
“You can get dressed now,” the doctor said. “You’ll probably be sore for a couple of days, and I understand you were using magic yourself. You need to eat more tonight than you normally would.”
“Yes sir,” Isaac said, pulling his pants on.
“Just give this chart to the nurse at the desk on your way out,” the doctor said, handing Isaac his chart.  With that, the doctor left.
Isaac pulled on his ripped shirt, and he walked out with Kit trailing behind him. Isaac handed the chart to the nurse, as well as the paperwork he had been given. She looked it over, rubber stamped a few places, and sent him on his way.
“I’m fine,” Isaac said when he saw Mrs. Smeth. “Just some bruises, and I need to eat because of the spell I cast.”
“Thank Goodness,” Mrs. Smeth said. “Let’s get you home and get you fed! I checked on that boy you healed. They wouldn’t tell me much. Just that he’s in stable condition.”
“Oh,” Kit said. 
“I’d like to come back here after I eat and get cleaned up,” Isaac said. Both Kit and Mrs. Smeth were surprised. “I’d like to see how he’s doing myself.”


***



Even though he sat in the corner, trying to be unnoticed, there was no mistaking the young cyclops as he sat in the hospital waiting room. He had picked up bits and pieces of various conversations, so he knew that Danyl was going to be okay. He certainly didn’t expect to be approached by anyone.
“What are you doing here, Isaac?” Dean Sara Blake stood in front of him, looking him directly in the eye.
“I wanted to make sure Danyl was going to be alright… that nothing else would happen to him.”
The Dean regarded him for a moment. “He’s going to be fine. I think he’s sleeping right now. Would you like to come in and see for yourself?”
Isaac nodded, looking grateful. He had been distressed over Danyl all evening, afraid that his magic hadn’t been enough to save him. 
“He is hurt,” Dean Blake said, leading the way to Danyl’s room. “Cracked ribs, and a broken arm. The hospital shaman enforced the healing that you gave him, and said that you had done an excellent job. They’re keeping him overnight for observation.”
They walked into Danyl’s room, which had been dimmed to help promote sleep. There was a window where a nurse could keep watch on Danyl from her station, and Dean Blake nodded to the nurse. She had set it up that Isaac could stay here if he wanted to.
“I’m going to go speak to the nurse,” Dean Blake said. “Stay as long as you like.” She slipped out of the room, watching Isaac stand at the foot of Danyl’s bed. She didn’t think he was going anywhere.


***


Danyl woke up in the middle of the night, his ribs hurting. Well, everything hurting to be honest. He sensed someone else in the room, and looked over to see…  The Cyclops was dozing in a chair by his bed. Wasn’t that just perfect?!?
“What are you doing here,” Danyl muttered, groggy from pain and medicine. At her window, the nurse noticed that Danyl was awake and moved towards the door.
Isaac woke up at Danyl’s question. “To make sure you’re okay,” he said gently. “How do you feel?”
“Terrible,” Danyl said. “Hurts.” The nurse came in and quickly injected more pain medicine into Danyl’s I.V. tube. 
“This will help you sleep,” she said. “You need that right now to get better.”
“Fine,” Danyl muttered. He didn’t say anything else, but he continued to look at Isaac while the drug took effect. Isaac returned his gaze. As he began to drift off, he said, “you snore.”
“So I’ve been told,” Isaac said, but Danyl had already fallen back asleep.



Thursday, October 22, 2015

On "staycation", sort of... Plus, more Monkees stuff!

This has been a slow week. I've sort of been on "staycation". By now, I assume that you all know what a staycation is. If not, it's where you have your vacation at home, often with the idea that you do some touristy things in your area. That said, mine has consisted of re-reading Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar novels. I'm currently on Storm Warning. (book photo comes from the web)



I tend to work some in the morning, mostly online but I have also been driving Mom to some morning appointments this week. Then, in the afternoon, I just read, and read, and read! It's been nice to have a bit of a break, while still managing to get some work done. I'm hoping to get myself down to the Riverside Arts Market this weekend as well. 

On top of reading some Valemar novels, I also got to read Michael Nesmith's novel The America Gene. This was very well-written and interesting. The novel is about a 50 year old business man from Texas who decides he wants to sing the blues. He gets involved with a young, female blues singer. The journey these characters makes for great reading! I got my copy directly from Mr. Nesmith's web-site, and it was signed to me by him! YAY! Get yours at http://www.videoranch3d.com/




This week, I also received a Monkees 1967 Annual from the UK. The book is in very good condition. I've only flipped through it so far, and it has a mix of articles, photos, and comics. I assume the comics are reprints of the American comic. 

That's all the excitement I have to report on at the moment. I'm off... back to Valdemar! 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Zazzle Store!

Check out my Zazzle store for some new items, including Holiday Ornaments! I've been working on updating and making-over my Zazzle store...

Contest Winner

Congratulations to Karen M.! She won the Custom Bokeh Style Print contest!

She chose two shades of pink (light & hot) and black as her colours. I have created the piece, and ordered the print! Here is what she's won. I have watermarked it (with my standard auction watermark) so that she has the exclusive print!


Congratulations again, Karen! I hope you enjoy your print!

A big THANK YOU to everyone who entered! I appreciate your participation in my first ever giveaway, and hope you continue to follow me here.

Take Care everyone, and have a Groovy Weekend!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Day Of The Dead t-shirt

My latest shirt design is a Day Of The Dead Skull. This is the first one I've drawn, and I designed this groovy skull, inked it with a brush pen, and coloured it digitally. The shirt is available at http://tee.pub/lic/_bS_t932Y50



This design will also be available in my Society6 store.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Tee Public Sale!

Shirts are on sale for $14 on TeePublic for a limited time! TeePublic puts out a quality product, and you can check out my designs at https://www.teepublic.com/user/korokstudios



Saturday, October 10, 2015

Monkees sketch cards

I have completed drawing up a set of Monkees sketch cards, and I had a blast doing them! I often draw in an Archie Comics-esque style, and tried for some realism. I think I landed somewhere in the middle. Anyway, I hope you like the cards. If you're interested, you can find them for sale on eBay: http://www.ebay.com/sch/Art-/550/m.html?item=381434017178&_ssn=korokstudios&_sac=1





Friday, October 9, 2015

Custom Bokeh-Style Print Giveaway

Bokeh is defined by Wikipedia as: the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light".



Of course, using digital image editing programs, you can create your own Bokeh-style effects. I have taken to this, and have had a lot of fun with it! I have posted several of my creations here, and they are available at: https://society6.com/koreywatkins

I am going to give one lucky winner a custom bokeh-style 11"x14" print! If you win, you tell me 2-4 colours you would like for me to use, and I will create a custom piece for you. Once you approve a piece (you will be able to say "yay" or "nay" a couple of times), I will have a print made and ship it out to you as soon as I receive it from the printer.

Just fill out the form below to enter! While you wait to find out if you've won, why not check out the posts on my blog?

Thank You, and Good Luck! 


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Monkees Monthly #3

Once again, I got lucky and got an issue of Monkees Monthly in great condition! This is the April 1967 issue, and I have scanned a selection of photos from it for your enjoyment...









Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Chocolate Chip Cookies



Nothing too exciting today. I baked some chocolate chip cookies, which are always yummy! I use the recipe on the back of the chocolate chips bag, so that's not hard to find. The only variation is I cut the amount of chocolate chips by a third, and I add in some white chocolate chips. The cookies are always delicious, especially when they're fresh from the oven!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Monkees Monthly #4

I recently got an issue of the UK fanzine, Monkees Monthly. The issue I have is #4, the May 1967 issue. For less than $10 (postage included), I got a near-mint copy of this 'zine! It's a great little zine. I've scanned some of the photos from it. Here's hoping I can pick up some more issues...








Saturday, October 3, 2015

Patchwork Days

My latest painting is called Patchwork Days. This piece was inspired by a video I watched about the "pour method" of creating an abstract piece. Of course, I did it my way, and I like the blend of colours and textures I achieved. The title comes from the fact that my day to day life is a patchwork of activities, from work, art, personal, etc... as well as the patchwork of emotions that dealing with depression on a daily basis can be. 



Friday, October 2, 2015

Why I left Patreon

The other day, I decided to end my artist account on Patreon. Why? Because I received an email from them saying that they had been hacked. Again. This is the third? fourth time since I started my account there. 



Now, Patreon says no credit card numbers were accessed. They said all our information was safe. I've been paying attention, and haven't noticed any unusual activity, so that's all well and good. However, I do have to think about those who support me. It's not just my information that's at risk, it's theirs as well. I can't have that, so I ended it with Patreon.

Now, on Patreon, my aim there was to support my beefcake photography. If you are over 18, and would like to help out, a $2 donation will get you all the scans for eBay from the previous month sent to you via my Google drive. My email is dynakor@yahoo.com  Contact me first and you can send funds via PayPal or an Amazon e-card. If you would like to support my art and creativity in general, email me and we can set it up. 



If you don't have any funds to send, I would appreciate it if you would share one of my links. Maybe something from my Etsy store, or Society6 page. Links are in the sidebar. Apply this to any artist you like! It's difficult for independent artists to earn a living, and any bit of help is appreciated! 



I'm off for now. Okay, I'm always "off"! ;) It's back to work for me!